“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”

One of the fantastic things about photography is that it allows us to return to and ponder the moments we have already experienced. It allows us to look back at sightings, at landscapes, at the faces of friends and remember just how rich that reality was for us. Despite the Week in Pictures coming out every seven days, the depth of the Londolozi experience never fails to amaze me. Despite it being the same area with the same species of animals, the landscape is forever changing with the seasons, different perspectives are expressed through different lenses and animals continue to enthral us with new and interesting behaviour. This week we have returned to a collaborative effort to give a multi-viewed perspective on the rich reality of Londolozi.

With that we hope you enjoy this Week in Pictures…

A zebra grazes as the sun rises behind it. As we shift into Autumn the light is slowly starting to soften, allowing us to play with techniques like this. Photograph by James Tyrrell

One of the Tsalala Pride females drinks from a small pan. This wet season has filled natural water holes all over Londolozi, making drinking spots like this easy to find. Photograph by Nick Kleer

One of the Tsalala lionesses walks towards a herd of impala and wildebeest. The five young cubs were overly zealous and messed up every hunting opportunity for their mothers throughout the afternoon. Photograph by Nick Kleer.

xidulu young female

The Xidulu young female scans from atop a termite mound to a rustling in the grass ahead of her. At this age, the cubs are starting to try to hunt for themselves, chasing scrub hares and birds, slowly building themselves up to larger prey. Photograph by Amy Attenborough

A Matshapiri male walks through the long grass in the early morning light, fixated on a group of lionesses nearby. The long grass at the moment provides opportunities to capture unique images. Photograph by Alistair Smith

Early morning scenes of a herd of wildebeest as the sun rises over a clearing on Londolozi. This herd has grown substantially this year, with many youngsters being born into it at the start of the rainy season. Photograph by James Souchon

The Nkoveni female walks past the vehicle, using the road as an easy thoroughfare. Here I dropped my shutter speed in order to capture this motion blur, keeping her face and eyes sharp but allowing the rest of her to become blurred. Photograph by James Tyrrell

impala herd lambs

Large herds of impala are a main feature in the landscape at the moment. Soon the adult males in the herds will enter the rutting season, taking the first step to creating Londolozi’s next generation of impala. Photograph by James Souchon

grass early morning

A diversity of grasses captured in the early morning sun. The plentitude of vegetation at the moment is keeping prey species well fed and predators well concealed. Photograph by James Tyrrell

tamboti leopard

The Tamboti female was found up in a Marula tree where she vocalised incessantly, potentially to warn other territorial females nearby that she has established herself in the area. Photograph by Alistair Smith

A young bull elephant quietly feeds in a clearing in the southern section of the property. His skin, peppered with pink dust from a recent dust bath, reflects the pinky hues of the grass around his legs as the seasons begin to show signs of change. Photograph by Amanda Ritchie

mhangeni pride

The impressive Mhangeni pride on the move. The lionesses upfront were showing some true determination when they spotted a herd of buffalo nearby. Photograph by Alistair Smith

nhlanguleni female leopard

The Nhlanguleni female, wet after walking through the dew-laden long grass, early one morning. Photograph by James Souchon

nhlanguleni female leopard

The Nhlanguleni female was found one morning on the northern bank of the Sand River looking quite nervous. Upon further investigation it looked like her impala kill had been stolen by a male leopard whose tracks were in the area. Photograph by James Souchon

crocodile

A crocodile watches us warily from the Sand River. At the moment, a number of them are lying in the fast flowing water that rushes over the causeway, snapping up fish moving downstream. Photograph by Amy Attenborough

giraffe and marula

A giraffe walks along a ridge crest, moving to join up with the rest of the herd. The giraffe, captured below this Marula, gives you a sense of the size of the tree. Photograph by Amy Attenborough

Xidulu young male

The Xidulu young male lounges in a Marula Tree. Being young and inquisitive, any movement is enough to catch their attention. Photograph by Cath de Beer

elephant bull finfoot

An elephant bull makes its way down onto the beach, to cross at one of the major crossing points in the Sand River. Photograph by Cath de Beer

tsalala breakaway males

The young males from the Tsalala breakaway pride have been seen more and more frequently. It will be interesting to follow the progress of these three as they mature into fully grown adults. Photograph by James Souchon

tsalala pride crossing river

The Tsalala pride crossing the Sand River. The movements of the Tsalala pride have been rather sporadic of late without the protection of the two Matimba males. Photograph by Alistair Smith

sunset

A fiery sunset over Londolozi. Photograph by James Tyrrell

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Amy Attenborough

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Amy has a rich field-guiding history, having spent time at both Phinda and Ngala Game Reserves. This diversity of past guiding locations brought her an intimate understanding of different biomes across South Africa, and she immediately began making a name for herself as ...

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Gloria
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What beautiful pictures! It is good to pause on them in awe .
I have a question about female elephants: why do they have breasts in the upper chest, like primates, rather then in the lower abdomen like cows ?

Cynthia House
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Beautiful photos as always. I so enjoy seeing your blog first thing in the morning before I start my day.

Lea
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Some fantastic photography here. Thanks to all of you for sharing them. Nice to see long grass and water for a change. Happy for the humans and animals alike.

King Golden Mane Majingilane
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what are the ages of the cubs and is it the Tailed lioness

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